Report: Marlins Showing Interest In Rickie Weeks
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Marlins have been unusually active during the annual winter meetings and they appear to be looking at another player who lost his starting job near the end of last season.
According to Tom Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors, the Marlins are showing interest in Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks. The Brewers are ready to move on without Weeks, making him available to other teams.
The Marlins have already signed one second baseman during the offseason, veteran Rafael Furcal. However, Fucal has battled injuries in recent years and if the Marlins can get Milwaukee to keep most of Weeks’ $11 million salary, a deal could be in the works.
Weeks is scheduled to become a free agent after next season.
Weeks hit .209 with 10 home runs, and 24 RBI’s before tearing his hamstring in August. Weeks’ batting average has dropped in each of the last three years and he posted a career worst .663 OPS last year. Weeks’ WAR also dropped to -1.1 in his injury plagued 2013 campaign.
The Marlins have signed catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, first baseman Garret Jones, and Furcal this offseason along with trading Logan Morrison for a relief pitcher. The Marlins plan on keeping Adeiny Hechavarria at shortstop meaning the team still needs a third baseman.
The Marlins are waiting on last year’s first-round pick, Colin Moran, to eventually take over at third base, but he could still be a season or two away from making the main roster.